The Academy.

The Academy is an on-going training programme designed by Athlete Development for youth aged 8-18 years who want to improve faster and achieve more in the sports that they love by developing their athleticism.

“I’m Alex Anslow, I play AFL and Basketball. I chose to take part in Athlete Development because I wanted to enhance my athletic performance on the court. Before AD my performance on the field was average, I’ve been with AD for 3 years now and I’ve learnt so much and have developed into an athlete. Every training sessions is another opportunity for me to better myself and reach my goals with the supportive help of the Athlete Development team and our experienced strength and condition coach Paul Gamble, I would recommend young athletes to be the best they can become and join our team.”

Alex AnslowAthlete Development Athlete

“I’m Ashley Williams and I play soccer and do BMX racing. I chose to join AD because I wanted to improve my strength for bmx . Also so I could have the knowledge of great coaches to guide me and get me to where I am now and I’m sure with their guidance I will get much stronger and faster on my bike.”

Ashley WilliamsAthlete Development Athlete

What is the programme all about?

There are two things that are key to how we approach youth athlete development.

The first is establishing the fundamentals. It’s only when the basic building blocks are in place that more complex skills and abilities can be mastered.

And secondly, it’s founded on a robust evidence base. This allows us to focus on the specific areas that will lead to rapid and sustained performance improvement.

As an Academy Athlete, you’ll be taught the foundations of physical and mental performance in a rewarding group environment, including:


  • Movement skills
  • Balance and stability
  • Coordination
  • Reaction, speed and explosiveness
  • Endurance


  • Commitment – how to stay motivated to achieve your goals
  • Confidence – how to believe in your abilities
  • Control – how to maintain emotional control regardless of distraction

Injury Prevention.

  • Stretching and Trigger Point Therapy/Foam Rolling
  • Pre-hab. and Recovery Strategies


  • Good and Bad Food Choices
  • Pre and Post Competition Nutrition
  • Supplementation
Caitlin Smallfield

Caitlin Smallfield

NZ Football Ferns

“Looking back over the seven years I spent training with the AD Academy, I experienced significant improvements in both my physical development and also the mental and emotional aspects of my game. It helped to give me opportunities that I may never have experienced otherwise, including the thrill of winning national titles and travelling internationally as part of the U20 Junior Football Ferns. The AD Academy has definitely helped me to achieve my sporting goals and I have no hesitation in recommending this to any young athlete with aspirations to be the best they can be.”

How does the programme work?

You’ll need to commit to your training and be prepared to push yourself and take it to the next level.

  • You’ll train 2 or 3 times per week before school at one of our 2 training facilities.
  • We’ll assess your ability and help you develop appropriate training goals.
  • We’ll individualise your training and guide you through it every step of the way.
  • You’ll receive regular and frequent feedback on how you’re progressing.

AUT Millennium

AUT Millennium

17 Antares Place

Mairangi Bay

Monday – Friday: 7am – 8am

College Rifles Sports Club

College Rifles Sports Club

33 Haast St

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 6.30am – 7.30am

How much does it cost?

Ask any top athlete to name the one thing that they fear more than anything else? It’s being injured. And this programme WILL result in you decreasing your risk of injury. We have the evidence to prove it.

But most importantly, this programme WILL increase your athleticism to help you learn faster and achieve more in the sports that you love.

Now, with Academy, you can have our expert coaches guide you through individualised training, grounded in best practice and the latest science, for only $130 per month (3 days per week) or $105 per month (2 days per week).

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